Fleming suffers stress fracture blow

Great Britain Davis Cup star Colin Fleming will miss the rest of the clay-court season through injury.

Fleming, 27, confirmed the injury is a stress fracture to his left tibia, and he added on Twitter: “Going to do all I can to minimise the time I’m out injured. Aiming for six weeks not eight.”

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The Scot was due to play in this week’s Monte Carlo Masters with doubles partner Ross Hutchins but the pair have been forced to pull out and Fleming could be sidelined for up to eight weeks, meaning he will miss the French Open but should be fit for Wimbledon.

Fleming, ranked 25th in the world in doubles, had earlier revealed the injury on Twitter, saying: “Bad news folks. I’ve withdrawn from the tournament here with an injury. Focused on rehab now and hoping to be back on court in six-eight weeks.”

It is a major blow to Fleming and Hutchins, who reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and the US Open last season and have set their sights on qualifying for both the Olympics and end-of-season Barclays ATP World Tour Finals this year.